elect

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adjective

1
: carefully selected : chosen
2
: chosen for salvation through divine mercy
3
a
: chosen for office or position but not yet installed
the president-elect
b
: chosen for marriage at some future time
the bride-elect

elect

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noun

plural elect
1
: one chosen or set apart (as by divine favor)
2
elects plural : a select or exclusive group of people

elect

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verb

elected; electing; elects

transitive verb

1
: to select by vote for an office, position, or membership
elected her class president
2
: to make a selection of
will elect an academic program
3
: to choose (something, such as a course of action) especially by preference
might elect to sell the business

intransitive verb

: to make a selection

Examples of elect in a Sentence

Adjective this elect body of students represents the best that the nation's high schools have to offer Noun the members of this all-American team are the elect of collegiate football Verb He hopes to be elected to the committee. I've elected to study French as my foreign language.
Recent Examples on the Web
Adjective
And a little more than half the country will call him crazy and re-elect President Obama. Keith Kloor, Discover Magazine, 19 Aug. 2011 But, proving that ticket-splitting is alive and well in New Hampshire, four out of five voters also opted to re-elect Republican Gov. Chris Sununu. Katie McInerney, BostonGlobe.com, 9 Nov. 2022 The National Rifle Association’s board of directors voted Monday to re-elect longtime CEO Wayne LaPierre, signaling that the gun rights group isn’t changing direction despite a rise in mass shootings and its own internal turmoil. David Ingram, NBC News, 30 May 2022 The illusion of complete normality could prompt people to spend more and re-elect current politicians for office. Bruce Y. Lee, Forbes, 9 Apr. 2022 In some cases, those who are vaccinated but elect to not receive a booster would be subjected to game-day testing again starting Dec. 1, the NBA said. Tim Reynolds, ajc, 7 Nov. 2021 Voters chose to re-elect incumbents Daniel Ursu and Juanita Lewis. cleveland, 4 Nov. 2021 And it’s one of those moments when any leader expecting to slide into re-elect mode as early as November of next year starts to get worried. Philip Elliott, Time, 26 Aug. 2021
Noun
Ross said the key issue is whether the new map creates a second district where Black voters would have an opportunity elect a candidate of their choice, as instructed by the court. Mike Cason | McAson@al.com, al, 14 Aug. 2023 Not every player named an All-Star elects to or is able to participate, so Estévez’s other chance might be a selection as a replacement. Sarah Valenzuela, Los Angeles Times, 29 June 2023 Shopping at Monterey Market means living right by living well, being among the good-values elect. Daniel Duane, New York Times, 30 May 2023 With such concerns in mind, GrowSF, an advocacy group started in 2020 by two software engineers who left tech jobs to launch it, focuses on public safety and helping elect officials who will crack down on things like property crime and open-air drug bazaars. Olga R. Rodriguez, Fortune, 28 Apr. 2023 As ever, the vast majority elect to donate the full sum to the cause in question. Condé Nast, Vogue, 14 Mar. 2023 Where the profession of artist is obviated—save for the elect few—because the product is ultimately privileged over the person. Vivian Lam, WIRED, 24 Feb. 2023 Many injuries and few match opportunities have left the expensive winger frozen out at the La Liga champion elect. Henry Flynn, Forbes, 21 Apr. 2022 What’s clear enough is that Tár is a member of the cultural elect. Becca Rothfeld, Vulture, 31 Jan. 2023
Verb
After being elected governor of California in 2018, Newsom placed his holdings in a blind trust. Andrew Sheeler, Sacramento Bee, 3 Apr. 2024 One of Peltz’s goals, had he been elected to the company’s board, was to complete a successful CEO succession. Bruce Gil, Quartz, 3 Apr. 2024 Roughly 75 percent of individual shareholders voted to elect the Disney slate, according to the preliminary tally. Brooks Barnes, New York Times, 3 Apr. 2024 Campbell also pointed to the shakeup in the Peoria city manager’s office after Beck was elected in late 2022 to support Hickman’s concern for her job. Shawn Raymundo, The Arizona Republic, 3 Apr. 2024 Also on Tuesday, voters elected a new mayor in Platte City and reelected several incumbents to area school boards. Sarah Ritter, Kansas City Star, 3 Apr. 2024 Sumner was elected to the role of county comptroller during Tuesday's race. Journal Sentinel, 2 Apr. 2024 In November 1974, seven months later, Elaine Noble won a seat in the Massachusetts House of Representatives, becoming the first openly gay person elected to a state legislature. Isabela Espadas Barros Leal, NBC News, 2 Apr. 2024 More recently, Ohio has been bucking national trends for several cycles, electing Republicans to all six statewide offices and giving the party big majorities in both chambers of the legislature. Ron Elving, NPR, 23 Mar. 2024

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Word History

Etymology

Adjective

Middle English, from Latin electus, past participle of eligere to select, from e- + legere to choose — more at legend

Verb

Middle English, from Latin electus

First Known Use

Adjective

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

15th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of elect was in the 15th century

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Cite this Entry

“Elect.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/elect. Accessed 15 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition

elect

1 of 3 adjective
1
: carefully selected
2
: chosen for office but not yet holding office
president-elect

elect

2 of 3 noun plural
: a carefully chosen group
used with the

elect

3 of 3 verb
1
: to select by vote for an office, position, or membership
elect a senator
2
: select entry 1, choose
we elected to stay home

Legal Definition

elect

transitive verb
1
: to select by vote for an office, position, or membership
2
: to make a selection of
elected her statutory share over the gift under the will

intransitive verb

: to choose an elective share
the right of a spouse to elect against the will

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